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May 2015

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Monash University’s Dr Ruth De Souza and Professor Wendy Cross, Cr Misha Coleman, Centre for Culture, Ethnicity and Health General Manager Michal Morris, City of Yarra Mayor Cr Phillip Vlahogiannis and North Richmond Community Health Deputy Chair Chris Altis and CEO Demos Krouskos.

Multicultural society helped by partners

Monash University’s School of Nursing and Midwifery has teamed up with North Richmond Community Health’s Centre for Culture, Ethnicity and Health to address the health needs of a multicultural society.

The partnership was announced by Minister for Multicultural Affairs Robin Scott.

Monash University School of Nursing and Midwifery has extensive experience in education and research.

The Centre for Culture, Ethnicity and Health has worked with the health sector for 21 years to improve the quality of service delivery for refugee and migrant clients.

The partnership will help develop best-practice models for health services.

It will harness both organisations’ strengths and work towards building an evidence base to lead the way the health sector works with an increasingly diverse community.

In a joint appointment with the Centre for Culture, Ethnicity and Health, Senior Lecturer at Monash University Ruth De Souza will lead the partnership’s research team.

‘The joint appointment will ensure that there is a strong bridge between research and practice,’ said Dr De Souza.

The result of the partnership will be better health outcomes for people from refugee and migrant backgrounds.

More than 45 per cent of Victorians were either born overseas or have at least one parent born overseas.